Dear Inner Circle,
As the finish line looms closer, I’m noticing things that I’ve always seen. A tall, skinny bloke in his thirties, made a direct and quick approach this morning as I walked into Wayside. His hand was stretched out from about four metres away. As he came closer I noticed he wasn’t smiling, so this wasn’t a “farewell” or “well done” but something more serious. In one of this world’s longest hand-shakes, he told me that yesterday a mate had told him of a free feed that was on offer in another part of the city. He described a generous meal that was set before him, “But”, and here came the weighty part of his news, “They began preaching at us.” Still in the one hand-shake he told me that he was humiliated. “Why couldn’t this Christian just make a gift? Why did they have to preach at us?” The final part of the speech was, “I’ve come to Wayside for years and I’ve been helped, I’ve showered and I’ve eaten here many times and no-one has ever preached at me. I just want to thank you!”
One of our most lovable and famous Kings Cross characters is a woman named Rosie. It was chilly this morning and I happened to meet her at the fountain. We walked with our arm around each other all the way down Macleay Street to a café where I bought her a cup of tea. We then walked with our arm around each other back up to Wayside. If you ever want to know what it feels like to be a celebrity, I recommend you walk down the street with your arm around this beautiful woman.
This isn’t a farewell note, it’s just that I can see the finish line and it causes me to notice not just the large achievements of the past but the little, and to remember that the awesome normally comes in the little.
Thanks for being part of our inner circle,
Rev Graham Long
Pastor & CEO